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Veteran Officers - Be A Mentor

I remember looking at the “old guys” at the office when I first became a cop. They would come to work with the uniform wrinkled, an old revolver strapped to their hip that looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in a year, no vest with a daily agenda of how little can I do and where am I going to eat lunch. We called those guys “ROD”, or retired on duty. I told myself I would never become one of them.

But after years and years of seeing what we see, children neglected and abused, drug dealers and habitual drunk drivers getting off on light sentences over and over, the bull crap of political red tape and favoritism within the department, I started to realize how those “ROD” guys became the way they were.

But then, something inside of me told me that staying on top of my game would have to be a choice, even a fight not to morph into an unproductive officer. So on those days when I wanted to throw in the towel, I find myself making little choices to keep my mind and body in the best shape to be an effective cop.

What motivates me now is that I don’t want the young, gung ho officers looking at me and thinking the same thing I thought so many years ago about the old guys.

An older, more experienced cop that stays on top of his game has the ability to influence and set an example to the young guys. A 40 something cop with 20 years on the job that comes to work in good physical shape, with a crisp uniform, eager to help people and eager to do his job will set an example to those younger officers.

I’m not saying as a veteran cop you don’t get sick and tired of the BS. What I am saying is use your maturity as a cop and hide those feelings from the younger guys. Then you and your best bud that has just as much experience can get away alone and bitch about things in private.

Remember always that someone’s perception is their reality. As a veteran officer, is it not only your duty to serve and protect, but it is also your duty to be an example to the next generation of officers. And who knows, 10 years from now, when those rookies have some experience, they will sit around and tell war stories about you, and remember you as “Officer so and so, that old guy on our shift that really knew how to be a great cop and taught us everything we know”.

The example you set is how you will be remembered. Young officers look to you just like a child looks up to their parents, even if they don’t say it to your face. You control your legacy as an officer.

As for me, I have no intention of being remembered as “Retired on Duty”. So if you’ll excuse me, I need to go find me a criminal to put in jail today.

As always,
Stay safe and go home at the end of your shift.

Andrew G. Hawkes
www.highwaydruginterdiction.com

About the Author
Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes has over 17 years of law enforcement experience.  He has a BA in Criminal Justice and is currently completing his master’s degree in Public Administration.   Additionally, he is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas; has a Master Police Peace Officer Certificate from the State of Texas; and, has a Police Instructor’s Licenses from the State of Texas.  Currently, Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes is a member of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office (Texas) where he is a senior sergeant in the patrol operations.  Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes is the author of Secrets of Successful Highway Interdiction.  According to Sergeant Andrew G. Hawkes, “After 17 years of highway drug interdiction, 500 felony arrests, 5,100 pounds in drug seizures, and over $20 million (drugs, cash and vehicles), I have learned a lot of drug-busting techniques that I want to share with you.”  His book, Secrets of Successful Highway Interdiction, contains eleven chapters on Highway Drug Interdiction.

 
 

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